THOUGHTFULLY CURATED COLLECTIONS OF BOTANICALS AND UNIQUE NATURAL AQUASCAPING MATERIALS.

"Tannin Aquatics is more than just a purveyor of aquascaping materials. We’re a mood, an atmosphere, a space to be inspired. Our products support an earthy, organic canvas upon which you can express yourself through the art of aquascaping. We provide information, the muse, and natural materials for you to create blackwater and brackish microcosms which blur the lines between nature and aquarium." -Scott Fellman, Owner

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The big argument FOR smaller tanks...

January 19, 2019

As you know, we've celebrated the art of creating botanical-style aquariums in all their glory. Aquarium that reflect nature ina very unique way. And probably the least-discussed aspect of our work is- wait for it- the SIZE of the aquarium that you use. The other day, I had an aquarist ask (Well, it sounded more like a demand, actually) to know why we are offering only the smaller-sized aquariums from Ultum Nature Systems for sale. Besides the immediately obvious reason (it's f- ing expensive to ship large aquariums!), there is a good reason...they fall in line with a personal philosophy of sorts. I've had fellow hobbyists approach me over the years after talks and such, and sort of "apologize" that...

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The eternal wisdom of common sense, and the temptations of "tea" revisited...

January 18, 2019

There is that expression, "Speed kills" which sometimes seeps into our conversations about aquariums. You know, you can't rush the nitrogen cycle. You shouldn't add too many fishes too fast. In our instance, you have to slowly add botanicals to an existing system.  Things which, if you violate the rules of Nature, you'd get away with them perhaps 9 times out of 10...but the one time you push it- BLAM! Doomsday. Blowing off common sense, or pushing it to the limit- has its place in experiments- if you're willing to take the risk. Otherwise, it's just not smart. We have spent a lot of time educating our community on the common sense aspects of working with botanicals. We literally have...

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